Feb 182011

Now this is not H.R. Pufnstuf but rather the NASA Puffin that is a futuristic personal one-man aircraft that is “too school for cool.” Actually it is pretty cool and has nothing to do with Pink.

This one person aircraft is pretty green as it is all electric and has much farther range (about 50 miles) than a jetpack powered by hydrogen peroxide which may get you a mile if you’re lucky. No, the NASA Puffin (presumably named after the cool weather bird that flies fairly low above the sea) has two propellers, and takes off and lands with four stabilizers.

The NASA Puffin has a top speed of around 290 mph and a cruising speed of about half that much. It’s made of carbon fiber so it comes in at a svelte 190 kg including the rechargeable lithium phosphate batteries.

The NASA Puffin is not restricted by the amount of oxygen at altitude since it is all electric. The downside like most electric vehicles is its range. I hydrogen fuel cell would do wonders for alleviating this dilemma.

If you’ve ever dreamed about flying above congested freeways or jammed streets in town, then the NASA Puffin gives a glimpse of what the future of personal airplanes will be like. This leading edge aircraft may actually be too cool for school.

NASA Puffin

Feb 102011

This is a picture page of future airplanes. Of course future airplanes will come in many varieties from commercial to military to leisure aircraft. The pictures, photos and images on this page of future airplanes represent all three varieties.

The propulsion methods of these future planes will be of a great variety including JP-8 jet fuel mixtures especially with biofuels, hydrogen, hydrogen peroxide, plug-in battery electric hybrids, multi-fuel hybrids, magnetic energy, nuclear and those carrying plasma reactors.

This just gives a glimpse of what future airplanes will look like in the years ahead. Of course, there will be must development between now and 5, 10, 20 or 50 years in the future so we’ll just have to wait and see what the scientists and engineers of tomorrow offer.

NASA Supersonic Green Machine

NASA Supersonic Green Machine

This is a NASA concept supersonic aircraft that uses green fuel and is manufactured with little or no carbon footprint.

Future Travel

Future Commercial Travel

The concept behind these future planes is that the large one will circle the earth above many large cities and the smaller airplane will deplane the passengers in the sky then shuttle them to the airports saving time and fuel.

NASA Blended Wing Airplane

NASA Blended Wing Airplane Concept

The NASA Blended-Wing-Body aircraft concept co-developed with the help of UC Irvine, CA shows how design in the future will help reduce fuel consumption.

NASA Futuristic Planes

NASA Futuristic Planes

Now, this may be a stretch given current technology and a bit on the science fiction edge for some tastes, but this is what NASA is predicting are travel will look like within the next 50 years. Could happen.

Mars Airplane

Mars Airplane

To take NASA’s future vision one step farther, this is the depiction of what an airplane will look like on Mars. Of course, this most likely would be categorized as a spacecraft but they are calling it an airplane so I will do so as well.

These future airplane pictures, images and photos represent a small sample of what the years ahead have in store for us. The pictures of future airplanes are based upon current and emerging technology. This is not science fiction but rather projections and predictions based upon what we know today to be true.

For more detailed info see the future airplanes section of this website and see what is in store in just a few short years.

Credits: NASA, Boeing, UC Irvine